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What is the Nova Program?

What is the difference between a Nova and Supernova Award?

What is a Nova Counselor/Supernova Mentor?

How do I find a Nova Counselor/Supernova Mentor?

How do I request the STEM Van?

Can I mentor my own child?

 

 

What is the Nova Program? 

The Nova Program is a new BSA initiative that promotes Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). BSA's STEM initiative gives Scouts an opportunity to explore relevant skills and experiences and to be recognized for their achievements. The aim is to expose youth to new opportunities and help them develop the STEM skills critical for the competitive world marketplace. Our council is preparing itself to implement these initiatives. The Nova program incorporates and expands upon existing loops, pins, and badges. 

 

What is the difference between the Nova and Supernova Award? 


The NOVA award is a distinctive pocket patch with a separate pin on device awarded for each individual topic completed by the youth, up to three pins.

The SUPERNOVA Award program is similar to theBSA Hornaday Award Programand is designed to encourage and recognize more in-depth achievement in STEM. The basic requirements include earning certain Academic Pins for Cub Scouts, Activity Badges for Webelos and Merit Badges for Boy Scouts, plus complete additional, more rigorous STEM related requirements. The Venturing requirements are based on more independent achievement and teaching activities. The SUPERNOVA awards are medals on neck ribbons.


 

What is a Nova Counselor/Supernova Mentor?


A Nova Counselor is an adult who helps scouts earn a Nova patch or pin. A counselor can oversee many youth and needs no STEM experience.

A Supernova Mentor is an adult who has some experience in STEM because the Supernova projects are more in depth.


 

How do I find a Nova Counselor/Supernova Mentor?

Contact your District STEM Coordinator. Go to this link STEM District Coordinator List and scroll down to District STEM Coordinator table. If your district does not have a coordinator listed, contact your District Executive or Advancement Chair.

 

How do I request the STEM Van?

The STEM van is currently only supplementing existing events. Please e-mail your STEM Coordinator or District Executive to request the van to attend your event. The curriculum for the van and the supplies are currently under construction. The van will be available at the beginning of next year to travel to district events. A minimum of 25 youth must be in attendance. There will be a variety of activities to choose from. A request form will be available online along with a calendar of availability. A small fee may be associated with a van visit. We look forward to visiting you!

 

Can I mentor my own child?

You may be a counselor for your child if there is a group of scouts, but you cannot be a mentor for your scout.

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